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[NSFW?] Why do some people call genitals "junk"?

Asked by wundayatta (58638points) January 27th, 2011

I had never seen that prior to being on Fluther. I find it somewhat distasteful to read that word in that context, and wonder why people feel like they can’t say genitals or balls or cock like I did when I was growing up. When did our genitals become something we want to put out in the trash?

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nebule's avatar

I have never heard of it either…it’s awful!

SixtySquid's avatar

Cause it sounds funny

DominicX's avatar

I see you girls checkin’ out my trunks
I see you girls checkin’ out the front of my trunks
I see you girls lookin’ at my junk, then checkin’ out my rump, then back to my sugarlumps

In all seriousness, I do find it funny sometimes, but I never use it because it does kind of create the image that genitalia are supposed to be “junky” and gross, which I do not agree with…

Austinlad's avatar

I’ve heard it on TV and in movies—and of course there’s that stupid incident at an airport when some guy claimed 15 minutes of fame for refusing to be be searched and “have his junk touched.” I hate the term.

I’ll bet the first time they looked at each other standing nude under the apple tree, Adam and Eve weren’t thinking what they saw was junk!

SixtySquid's avatar

@DominicX Flight of the Conchords are always a good choice!

iamthemob's avatar

As @SixtySquid said – because it’s hilarious.

It’s fun to say. Say it.

junk.

tee hee.

ucme's avatar

Dunno. I call mine Tom Dick & yup that’s right Harry.

rooeytoo's avatar

I never thought about it, it just seems like another name to me. But I guess you feel about it the way I feel about calling breasts boobs or boobies or titties or some other, what I consider to be, degrading nickname.

Welcome to the club, boys, the club where you are reduced to a couple of anatomical pieces instead of a human being. Soon guys will be judged by the size, shape, texture, etc. of their junk just as the girls have been for years!

wundayatta's avatar

@rooeytoo Oh yeah? Your comment brought to mind another part of the female anatomy that is commonly used to degrade and diminish a woman. I would have said it as a joke, but someone I don’t think anyone would have found it humorous.

I will say this: two wrongs don’t make a right. Or is it a write? Never mind.

Soon guys will be judged by the size, shape, texture, etc. of their junk just as the girls have been for years!

To judge by some of the threads I’ve seen here, that’s already the case.

downtide's avatar

I’ve only ever heard the term from Americans online. I hope it doesn’t catch on here.

Jeruba's avatar

Like you, @wundayatta, I’ve never heard or seen it anywhere but here, and I don’t like it.

I agree with @rooeytoo about having a distaste for degrading nicknames. All degrading nicknames.

rooeytoo's avatar

@wundayatta – I agree 2 wrongs don’t make a right/write.

But I have to admit, I find it a little ironic that the males are finally getting a little of their own medicine, generally speaking of course. (the c word is the worst of all so I purposely did not include it)

I once read an article in a mag at the shrinks office called “Hung like a hampster.” It was enlightening and in this world where “big brass ones” and similar phrases seem to be the measuring stick of manliness, I began to understand that men have their own particular demons to battle.

If it makes you feel any better, I would never use the term and I wish everyone else would reciprocate and stop using the derogatory female terms as well.

Jeruba's avatar

measuring stick. ha ha, @rooeytoo.

janbb's avatar

Actually, the only time I’ve heard it is the guy at the airport with, “Don’t touch my junk.” I think there might have been a recent “On Language” column in the NY Times Magazine about it. Doesn’t do anything for me, one way or the other (which is not to say that the “junk” itself might not.)

faye's avatar

I’ve heard and read it lots of places, lots of comedians. Maybe Canada started it!! But I’m pretty sure Dane Cook used the term a couple of years ago.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

That’s how musicians get unedited songs on the radio and how producers/directors script about “the package” on TV. You’re not allowed to say dick, cock, cunt or pussy on television shows or on the radio. It either doesn’t get aired at all, or it’s bleeped out. It’s a strategy that’s been used by the entertainment industry for quite some time. I’ve been hearing “junk” for years now. And “package”, and “jewels”, and “goods”. They’re just cleaner euphemisms that seem to be more acceptable for public use.

I’m not saying it’s right.

I’m having a junk sale tomorrow if you’d like to come.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Well, are they not?

josie's avatar

They should speak for themselves.

wundayatta's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate If there’s a snow blower for sale, I’m so totally there people will think a wormhole opened up in my kitchen.

everephebe's avatar

Junk refers to a kind of sailboat; which as most nautical craft do, contains semen.

At least, this is the story I tell myself…

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@wundayatta No, no, I meant a “junk” sale. I was offering my… nevermind.

wundayatta's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate Ok. My mind is boggling. You seem to think that there is some appropriate intersection between junk and junk? I mean… a snowblower??? Gives new meaning to the idea of circumcision!

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